Tasters and Reviews
Shasta's life takes a supernatural turn when she meets a stranger in her tiny village. Her newly adopted stray cat is hostile toward the enigmatic Erasmus, betraying the paranormal essence of her feline companion. Naive, unprepared for love or a soulmate from the past and future, Shasta is plunged into a reality where realms warp and meld, and where she is their conquest. Time is not linear and love is never simple. Time plays foul with every expectation and all is not as it seems.
A wise woman may have the answers in each life the lovers walk through. She knows Shasta in every era and meets Erasmus in different guises. When Erasmus is put under a spell to become a book, she is his keeper. And May, in every life, takes care of a little black cat called Merlin. Queen Amelia is aware of the complications time creates. She is powerful in magic and seeks to aid eternal love to a happy ending, but it is a truth that all crossing time must always expect the unexpected.
True love can cross oceans, can make the fixed malleable, and can warp boundaries. When the soul and fate collide, Shasta falls in love with her Soulfate....
REVIEWS taken from Amazon and are all 5*
REVIEWS taken from Amazon and are all 5*
Willow seems to be a normal little girl by all accounts. That is, until her parents take her to visit her Aunt May in the village of Shasta. It quickly becomes apparent that Willow is actually the second coming of Shasta herself, the village's namesake. She is returning to be reunited with her long lost love, Merlin, who has been placed under a spell. In order to try to obtain eternal happiness, the lovers travel back in time to Shasta's original arrival at the village, and try to rewrite history. But it seems the nefarious Erasmus has other plans for the two.
Once again, Geering writes a book that feels like mythology of long ago. There is a sort of timeless beauty to the book, with no real references to modernity or pop culture, that will make it endearing for years to come. The writing in the book is soft and dreamy, floating from past to present. At times, the two stories, both past and present, seem so similar, the reader may get the feeling of deja vu. This helps lift the filmy veil between the two time periods.
I really enjoyed the character of Shasta, and watching Willow become Shasta. The inclusion of faeries and various magical elements make this seem like a fairytale for adults. The story has a hypnotic quality that urges the reader to continue at any cost (including sleep). The reader certainly feels transported to another time and place.
In order to fully appreciate the book, readers must have the ability to suspend disbelief. This is a romantic fantasy, dealing with elements of time travel, reincarnation, and magic. Readers need to be aware of this and fully comfortable with these subjects in order to fully appreciate the book.
Rarely do I comment on book covers, because they often change, but the cover for this book is simply gorgeous. That alone is enough to hook the reader, the gorgeous story is an added bonus
Take a journey into enchantment!
Are you ready for an enchanted adventure back through time? I was anticipating this wonderful book months before its release, because I knew in advance just how wonderfully well Author Teresa Geering writes, having had the delight of reading her debut novel "Shasta and Erasmus'
This novel is part of a trilogy...and actually is a prequel to "Shasta and Erasmus". However you read them each story will transport you to a land of strangeness and magic, the characterizations so beautifully crafted by this author that you can see them dancing in your mind...You can hear the cat speak...You are laughter bound on meeting the darling Aunt May.
Erasmus and Shasta are bound through time. This is a love story that has no boundaries of centuries past or future. As adults we may need to learn to relax and accept all we read, before we can totally absorb all the book has to offer.
However if you bring to the book the willingness to suspend disbelief, you will be transported by the Author...it will perhaps remind you of the magic of childhood as you find yourself hearing the laughter within its pages.
This book has no age barrier; it is as pleasurable for the reader regardless of being fifteen or fifty.
The final part of this trilogy is still to come, and this reader is impatient.
If you want a joyous exploration, a journey through a world less harsh and cynical, then you can do no better.
Author Teresa Geering's works shall remain high on my list of must haves.
Erasmus is a powerful man. Born during a storm, as he grows up he realizes he has extraordinary powers. He determines he can travel through time, and goes into the future to meet the love of his life, Shasta. Erasmus and Shasta were born on the same date, at the same time, many years apart. They fall deeply in love, and marry. But all the while, Hesper, the begger boy Shasta takes into her home, shows disdain for Erasmus. Who is Hesper, really, and who is he to challenge Erasmus the Omnipotent?
Reading this book was an unusual experience for me. The book is written unlike most modern fiction, where the goal is to create a personal bond between reader and character. Instead, The Eye of Erasmus reads like an ancient myth, slightly removed from the reader because it is sacred, scriptural almost. I loved that aspect of the book, it gave me a feeling of enlightenment and awe.
The book uses language that allows the reader to determine the place and time setting, which I think is fantastic. This allows every reader to paint their own version of Erasmus and Shasta, which in turn does allow the reader to have a personal investment in the story. This story has a quiet, solemn power about it, and I felt myself pushing through drowsiness to read on late into the evening. There was no way I was going to sleep without knowing what was to happen.
The book is written in such a way that I think it will appeal to a large variety of readers. There are some fantasy and supernatural elements to the story, so those fans will enjoy. There is romance, so those readers will love it as well. As because of the mythos involved in the story, I believe it will greatly appeal to classical literature fans, historical fans, mythology fans, and readers who enjoy classic storytelling elements in writing.
To me, this feels like the kind of story that can be passed on for many generations. The fact that there are 2 future installments planned for Erasmus' story leaves me breathless with anticipation.
Let's be honest, who wouldn't fancy a go at time travel, if offered the chance? Most of the population, right? Well, if you read this first offering from English wordsmith, Teresa Geering, you will get the chance! The Eye of Erasmus is one of those books that I really wish I had written. Reminiscent of the great fantasy tales of yonder (only better than most), it has already been drawn comparisons with Rowling and Auel. Geering creates a world which is inhabited by a cast of characters and a mesmeric world which are all richly described so as to become thoroughly real. The hero, Erasmus, is a carefully constructed and multi-layered hero, who although could be described as vain and a little selfish, is impossible not to like. And Shasta - dear, sweet Shasta! As the narrative pulls you relentlessly in, you find yourself living each page with the lovers, and relating to them like you would a close friend or family member. Although not my usual genre, I was quickly hooked and cannot wait to read the subsequent parts of the trilogy. Part of the reason for this maybe that although Erasmus cries out fantasy from the cover, to the names, there is really a darn good, twisting and turning, thriller in there, all wrapped up in a love story. In fact there is something for everyone. If you simply like reading good books, then this is one for you. Highly recommended. A must read.
Appearances can be deceptive.
Vicky is a successful published author, but this is just a cover for her real job. A
Detective Chief Inspector dealing with espionage and anti terrorism.
The handsome firefighter Nick moves into the cottage next door and they become
friends. Due to an ankle injury he ends up spending Christmas with Vicky who is
nursing him back to health.
As the snow falls heavily, they find themselves snowed in and their friendship turns
to intense love. Nick, a secret Russian sleeper, has a contract to fulfil and the hit is
REVIEWS - RUSSIAN GIFT OF LOVE
REVIEWS - RUSSIAN GIFT OF LOVE
Vicky leads a double life. She is a Detective Chief in espionage and terrorism, but she tells people she is an author. She really has written and had published six books and this is what she wants the public to know about her. Nick, the handsome firefighter next door also leads a double life. His other life includes being an assassin for the Russian mafia. His current hit is Vicky. When he sprains his ankle and spends Christmas with Vicky, they fall head-over-heels for one another. Will Nick be able to complete his mission?
This is a beautiful short read where no words are wasted. The character development is divine and the reader can feel the emotions of both Nick and Vicky. This is a fantastic allegorical story where the heroine is being given another chance at the journey. The secondary characters are also important throughout the story and help with the progression of the action in the tale. Once started, this reader could not put it down. This is an exquisite love story with a twist! T.K. Gearing certainly knows how to deliver an exciting read.
Secrets in the Snow
A Russian Gift of Love shows TK Geering at her best, in a very different genre from her fantasy books, but one which she handles with just as much skill. This is a love story with a difference, and we are gripped and drawn in from the start as Vicky and her new neighbour Nick move rapidly from acquaintanceship to friendship and then to passion. But Nick is not what he seems and neither is Vicky. As TK Geering reveals more and more about her two main characters, the beauty of the Christmas landscape where the snow covers up the life beneath is a reflection of the secrets hidden beneath Vicky's and Nick's cover stories. As the action moves to its enthralling climax, we wonder how either of these people can escape from the net they are trapped in, and only at the very end does the author reveal a way out. An exciting, moving story, this is one you will find yourself remembering, I would guess, for a very long time. Warmly recommended.
REVIEWS - SLEEPING WITH THE GODS
SLEEPING WITH THE GODS
Maia and her family are accustomed to an opulent lifestyle through inherited money. The castle they now reside in is no different to other homes they have around the world. However, on this occasion, her father won it in a roulette game on the French Riviera. Her parents are passionate about Greek mythology and this reflects in their daughter’s names.
Maia looks at her sister Alcyone for the millionth time. She is only a year older, but they are chalk and cheese except for their savings accounts. They match each other thousand for thousand. Whilst Alcy busily searches for her next male conquest which wealth easily buys, Maia looks for her next food fix to satisfy her eighteen stone figure. She doesn’t want it this way; life just pushes her in this direction.
In a £10,000 bet with her sister, Maia agrees to spend All Hallows Night in the castle crypt. When hunger pains wake her, she discovers a golden dragon sitting on her stomach offering her a platter of food from the Olympian Gods. If she satisfies her hunger from the platter, her life would change dramatically. The price would be immortality and life in a different realm with the Gods. The choice is hers but the benefits would be awesome, and she would never want for anything again. As the dragon disappears, her sister’s words ring in her ears…
‘No one would dare hurt you if you slept in a crypt, Fats. You wouldn’t look much different to the bodies lying on top of the tombs.’
Maia unconsciously nibbles on a morsel of food from the platter whilst making her decision…